Hodie est a.d. VII Kal. Sextilies (Augustas) 2772 AUC ~ 25 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad
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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:
If there is any thunder today, after abundant crops, there will be famine. [apologies; I was a day ahead yesterday; yesterday should have been about bad things happening to young people and disease hitting crops]
… adapted from the translation of:
Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)